Friday, April 08, 2011

Quick Note on NIGHTMARE MOVIES

I received the new revised edition of Kim Newman's NIGHTMARE MOVIES in today's mail and have been spending a marvelous time with it. I rarely get excited about review books arriving in the mail; I hope they will excite me in due course. But this book stands out almost immediately for the quality of its writing, more particularly the quality of its insight, and as the most challenging thing for any creative mind to achieve: a masterpiece of organization. He also knows exactly what needs to be said in a short space and how each film dovetails to another by the same director or a different director working with similar themes, and delivers one knock-out punch after another. I've only pecked through it at random, but it has already shone light into some dim corners for me, showing me that I hadn't been thinking about some titles with the depth they deserved. I would be surprised if a more important book about horror movies was published this year.

4 comments:

  1. Nice article, thanks for the information.

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  2. Kim Newman would be well served by a "look inside" feature at Amazon, since ignoramuses like myself have trouble distinguishing this from Horror!: 333 Films to Scare You to Death, as well as previous editions of Nightmare Movies. I would suspect the latter is more cursory and geared toward list-obsessed readers ("Surely, I'm not one of those!", the commenter claims disingenuously). I'm also having trouble figuring out if the new edition of Nightmare Movies is replete with images or a less lavish affair than the original edition (I realize it's a hardcover/paperback difference, too). Can you elaborate briefly, if it's not too much bother? I would be most grateful. Whether you do or not, cheers in any case, Tim!

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  3. It is less profusely illustrated than the previous edition -- there are two B&W photo section inserts -- but considering all that has been added, you could not call it a "less lavish affair."

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  4. Thanks for the response, Tim. And, of course, with regard to my word choice, I stand corrected: anything Kim Newman writes could never be considered anything less than a lavish affair! I look forward to purchasing this. Cheers...

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